Four years strong, "I wish I knew how to quit you..."
Mockery Brewing and Baere Brewing have had quite a long relationship. We got a chance to hear from Zach Rabun, Owner/Brewer of Mockery Brewing, who went into more detail about JUST how long they've been working together! Four years in the making, this collaboration tells a story of a stranded sea-goer that has had one heck of a ride! See what he's up to next in Mocking Baered: Episode IV.
How did you decide on this style of beer?
Another year of bringing our friends over at Inland Island into the collab sparked the "Yeastie Boys" conversation. Which lead to all of us talking about Beastie Boys lyrics and landing on "The Move" from Hello Nasty. In particular, "I don't mean to brag, I don't mean to boast, but I'm intercontinental when I eat French Toast. What is there to not love about the idea of a big french toast inspired breakfast stout?
What’s your favorite thing about this collaboration?
This is the fourth edition of a collaboration story we have been telling since the first year of Collaboration Fest. We started telling a story of our protagonist being shipwrecked on a desert island. All he has for survival is a barrel of beer that has long been infected (Mocking Baered Episode 1: Lost on Lacto Island, a kettle sour IPA). The next year, the Island caught on fire (Mocking Baered Episode 2: La Isla esta Quemando, a smoked pineapple saison). To escape the inferno, our hero used the barrel that washed up on shore with him to escape to safety (Mocking Baered Episode 3: Stuck in Rumination, a rum barrel aged English double IPA). Finally, we have our much maligned sea-goer landing on a sandy beach of a French colony, being nourished with some delicious French Toast! Who doesn't want some French Toast after months/years of being stranded?
What do you plan to name this beer?
Mocking Baered Episode 4: Intercontinental.
Can you describe the flavor you strive to achieve with this beer?
A giant, roast-y stout with all the decadence of French Toast.
What kind of music, if any, did you listen to while brewing this beer?
Beastie Boys, of course!
Do you have any special totems or piece of clothing you have to have in order to make the perfect brew?
Shorts. Gotta be wearing my shorts.
If you could drink one beer for the rest of your life (can include something of your own craft), what would it be?
Probably a young mix culture beer. That way it could continue to develop over the years and reduce the risk of getting tired of the monotony. Let's say... TRVE's Slow Death.
Do you name your brewing equipment?
Kettle: Steamy Ray Vaughn
Mash Tun: Steamy Nicks,
Hot Liquor Tank: Hansel
... and all of our fermentors are named after Thundercats.
What’s the weirdest or most surprising beer you’ve ever had?
I was really blown away with Jagged Mountain/Uberbrew's collaboration last year, Uber Slayer. Anytime you're throwing in stuff like kabosu fruits and shiitake mushrooms, I'm intrigued.
What’s your favorite beer drinking past time?
Drinking a beer in the breweries taproom is the best way to enjoy a beer fresh and in the most appropriate atmosphere.
When did you have your first beer? What did you think of it?
I'm going to plead the 5th on this one.